Solar electricity for 10 low-income families, USA

by GRID Alternatives
Jun 6, 2011

Students, Service and Celebration!

Porterville High School Students lend a hand!
Porterville High School Students lend a hand!

The past few months have been busy, busy! From students to storms, GRID Alternatives is excited to share a few stories with you!

On May 4th and 5th, GRID provided students from the Porterville High School Alternative Energy Resource Occupation (AERO) Pathway Program hands on training during a two-day install.  Students applied what they have learned in the classroom while helping two families lower their electricity bills.  We are thrilled to see eager students preparing for careers in solar, wind and other renewable energy professions.

"May gray" was upon us in San Diego setbacks, but the sun came out to shine for the office's 100th install celebration! It's amazing to think we have provided solar for 100 families since opening the San Diego office in 2008.  More amazing is that the office will now perform close to 100 installs this year! San Diego also completed the first solar install on the La Jolla Indian reservation.  The crews were top-notch at this scenic site and we look forward to working with many more tribal families. 

San Diego wasn't the only office affected by weather, but that didn't stop an all-star volunteer coming from Minnesota to volunteer with GRID Alternatives. Michael’s first step to learn more about solar energy was to attend a Boots on the Roof class in the Bay Area. That is where he first heard about GRID Alternatives. After seeing an electric meter spin backwards he thought, “This is a great way to help out. It has always been important for me to help others. I always had a good life and helping others makes me feel good about myself. Some things you just cannot buy. Experience and the feeling to give back are priceless,” said Michael.

Thank you to all of our volunteers and donors that make it happen! 




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GRID Alternatives

Location: Oakland, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Susie Chang
San Francisco, CA United States

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